Courcey Rovers 11-22 Douglas 0-2
A LONG, tough hour for Douglas in Castle Road as Courcey Rovers ran riot in this SE Systems Camogie Championship clash.
Rovers admitted getting no satisfaction by continuing the punishment of their rivals with seven goals in the second half having led 4-15 to 0-1 at halftime. But with scoring difference important for clubs looks to reach the quarter-finals, they had to keep their foot on the pedal and Douglas were aware of that.
Douglas started without six of the players that lined out for them in their previous two defeats. Full credit to those that put on the black, white and green striped jersey and kept working to the end.
With no relegation in the championships, which clubs voted for, it is up to Douglas to make the decision to step down and rebuild.
Courcey Rovers have got another three points; their tally now four, with a win and a draw behind them. Other than that they didn’t learn much from this game. Their teamwork and vision was impressive.
They raced into a 3-6 to no score lead after ten minutes, Eimear O’Reilly winning good ball at right corner-forward and feeding Fiona Keating who hit two before O’Reilly herself took on the task and hit Courceys' third.
Jess Kavanagh was unavailable for selection this year for Douglas and their number one was missed. On this occasion, Rachel Swanton did her best but the onslaught was fast and furious from a Rovers side that were dominant all over the pitch.
Credit to Katrina Mackey who always gives 100% to her club and she once again tried her best here to stem the tide. With Saoirse McCarthy, Keating, Jacinta Crowley from placed balls, and O’Reilly in top flight, along with a point from Christine O’Neill, they got all of Rovers' first-half scores.
Courceys face Glen Rovers next weekend in the fourth of five group games.
S McCarthy 4-6, F Keating 4-4, Eimear O’Reilly 3-1, J Crowley 0-10 f, C O’Neill 0-1.
K Mackey 0-2 f.
S O'Reilly; L Crowley, G Hannon; A Hannon; O Twomey, A Moloney, A O’Reilly; Elaine O'Reilly, J Crowley; E Maguire, Lorraine Collins, C O’Neill; F Keating, Eimear O'Reilly, S McCarthy.
G O'Reilly for E Maguire (40), AM Collins for C O’Neill (50).
R Swanton; A Baldwin, A Cottrell, F McCarthy; A Murphy, A Curtin, E Cantillon; A Walsh, K Mackey; C St Ledger, L O’Brien, D Harrington; C McCarthy, J Leo, K Twomey.
A Cremin for A Murphy (22), C McAndrew for A Baldwin (22).
Anthony O'Regan (Youghal).